This page contains a listing of important, relevant, and interesting links to news stories, articles, websites, videos, and audio files pertaining to the abolition of life without parole sentences.

 

Download the audio file below to listen to founder and Executive Director Ken Hartman, speaking from prison, addressing the July 2012 "Dead Men Walking" panel at the California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus.

 

 

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MP3 Audio File 5.2 MB
Read "Don't Throw Away The Key," a powerful piece by noted author and prison reform activist Luis J. Rodriguez, which appeared in the October 2011 issue of The Progressive.
Don't Throw Away The Key.pdf
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The Death Penalty Information Center has a wealth of information about LWOP.

 

"Living in Hell for Life," by Marlene Martin, National Director of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, in the August 2008 edition of the Socialist Worker.

 

"Life Without Parole:  A Different Death Penalty," by capital defense attorney David Dow in the October 2012 issue of The Nation.

 

"Life Without Parole is Forever,"  by Robert Wilburn in the September 2012 issue of Truthout.

 

The Sentencing Project has published several highly visible and important reports about LWOP and the need for its abolition:  

 "No Exit," "Life Goes On," and "Tinkering with Life."

 

"The Truth About Life Without Parole: Condemned to Die in Prison," published in 2011 on the ACLU of Northern California's website, advocates for LWOP as a "reasonable alternative" to lethal injection. 

 

"A Living Death:  Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses," a report published in November 2013 by the ACLU.

 

Fight for Lifers West, an advocacy group of friends and families.

 

The Campaign to End the Death Penalty, one of the very few death penalty abolitionist organizations that does not support LWOP as an alternative to traditional forms of execution, such as lethal injection.

 

"Life Without Parole, America's Other Death Penalty:  Notes on Life Under Sentence of Death by Incarceration," by Dr. Robert Johnson, published in the June 2008 issue of The Prison Journal.

 

"Reforming Punishment:  Psychological Limits to the Pains of Incarceration," by Craig Haney, Ph.D., J.D.

 

"Life Without Parole:  America's New Death Penalty?" edited by Professors Austin Sarat and Charles Ogletree.

 

"Letters to a Lifer" is the story of one family's unexpected introduction to a young man serving a life sentence for a crime he was involved in at age 15.